The board of the International Canoe Federation has approved a new canoe sprint programme proposal for the Paris 2024 Olympic programme, brought about by the loss of 12 athlete quotas.
The board approved a programme it believes will provide incentives for all athletes to continue to strive to compete at the Olympics. While canoeing had some athlete quotas cut by the IOC for Paris 2024, it was imperative that all athletes could still have the ability to contest winning their ticket to the Olympic Games.
It will also provide maximum opportunity for athletes to double up in events, giving more opportunities for competitors to win medals.
The ICF canoe sprint Olympic programme proposal will be presented to the IOC Executive Board on 7th December for their consideration as part of the Olympic Games programme for Paris 2024.
The men’s and women’s K1 200m will not be contested in Paris. Under the changes, the men’s K2 1000m and C2 1000m will both become 500m metre events.
There will be K4 500m races for both men and women. The blue riband events of K1 1000m for men, C1 1000m and K1 500m for women remain unchanged.
The women’s C1 200m and C2 500m, which will be raced at an Olympics for the first time next year in Tokyo, remain unchanged for Paris 2024.
British Canoeing had received a letter from the ICF President José Perurena regarding his decision.
This follows the open letter a number of National Federations and notable athletes sent to the ICF last week.
The response from Mr Perurena be found here.